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Politicians warm to ice bucket challenge: PSNI chief George Hamilton and Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly among those taking part

Some influential local figures have been reduced to squeals after being doused with cold water.

But it's all in the name of charity, rather than anything more sinister.

A number of top politicians and even PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton have taken part in the ice bucket challenge raising money for charity.

East Belfast Alliance MP Naomi Long was one of the first to succumb while on holiday in Portugal. Her Castlereagh councillor husband Michael helpfully doused his wife with iced water after she urged donations to the Motor Neurone Disease Association or to Wateraid.

Ms Long then nominated Justice Minister David Ford, who also completed his on holiday.

And Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly took part in the challenge at the weekend. Mr Kelly passed the challenge on by nominating First Minister Peter Robinson, quipping that he needed to "cool his guns".

And Ulster Unionist Ross Hussey seemed to take great pleasure from his challenge.

Worldwide, ex-US President George Bush and pop stars Kylie Minogue and Katy Perry have carried out the chilly challenge for charity.

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